Cooper Cronk has given the strongest indication yet that the NRL won’t lose all its top names to cashed-up European rugby clubs.

And true to the style of the gifted No.7, his actions have spoken louder than his words.

Cronk has today signed a mammoth four-year contract extension with the Storm – a deafening endorsement to his faith in the game’s future in Australia.

The deal will see Cronk at the Victorian capital until the end of the 2013 season.

The extension is all the more impressive considering Cronk had already been contracted to the Storm until the end of 2009.

“When a club wants someone who is loyal and happy in his environment, it makes it possible to do a deal that’s this long,” Cronk’s manager, Chris Orr, told Fairfax newspapers.

By ricky

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